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Hospitals: Debts

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL516, tabled on 24 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government which 10 UK hospitals have the highest financial deficit, including debts carried over from previous years.

Answered on

7 June 2021

During the last year, the government agreed a number of measures to improve the finances in the NHS provider sector in England. These included writing off £13.4 billion of NHS debt, as part of a major financial reset for NHS providers; temporary arrangements that saw trusts receive block payments to fund their spending through the pandemic, supported by c£18bn of additional funding to support the NHS response to COVID. As a result, the amount and levels of deficits across in the NHS provider sector fell significantly.

Work is ongoing to support the minority of trusts who ended 2020/21 in a deficit position and to develop solutions to secure future financial sustainability.

Final deficit figures for 2020-21 will be published as part of the NHS’s final accounts in due course.